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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2013
  • pp: 212–218

Transfer matrix for treating stratified media including birefringent crystals

Thomas Essinger-Hileman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 212-218 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.000212


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Abstract

Birefringent crystals are extensively used to manipulate polarized light. The generalized transfer matrix developed allows efficient calculation of the full polarization state of light transmitted through and reflected by a stack of arbitrarily many discrete layers of isotropic and birefringent materials at any frequency and angle of incidence. The matrix of a uniaxial birefringent crystal with arbitrary rotation is calculated, along with its reduction to the matrix of an isotropic medium. This method is of great practical importance where tight control of systematic effects is needed in optical systems employing birefringent crystals, one example being wave plates used by cosmic microwave background polarimetry with wide field-of-view telescopes.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2012
Published: January 8, 2013

Citation
Thomas Essinger-Hileman, "Transfer matrix for treating stratified media including birefringent crystals," Appl. Opt. 52, 212-218 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-2-212

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